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New reporters at the Oregon Capitol

Four new reporters have joined the Oregon Capitol Press Corps this legislative session

CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE/OREGON CAPITAL INSIDER - Alex Visser of the Lund Report poses in front of the front door at Mahonia Hall in Salem Monday, Jan. 28.Two weeks ago, Oregon Capital Insider introduced you to new members of the 2019 Legislature.

This week, we meet the new members of the Oregon Capitol press corps, which essentially means the reporters who cover the legislative session.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown had a chance to meet some of the new faces during a reception she held Monday at Mahonia Hall.

The Lund Report's Alex Visser took the opportunity to document his early days in his new job covering health care at the Capitol.

As reporters were leaving the governor's mansion, Visser asked another reporter to snap his photo and posed in front of Mahonia's ornate front door.

The resulting snapshot became a social media darling for a few days, Visser said.

A Washingtonian, Visser graduated from University of Washington in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He still calls Vancouver, Wash., home and makes the nearly 90-minute commute nearly every day.

He was the Olympia bureau reporter for Washington Newspaper Publishers Association in January to March 2018, wrote for The Daily at the University of Washington and was a reporting intern for the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project.

Other newbies at the Capitol are Ben Botkin of the Statesman Journal, Dirk VanderHart of OPB and Aubrey Wieber of Salem Reporter.

Botkin came from the Denver Post, while VanderHart joined OPB from the Portland Mercury. Aubrey Wieber, a Portland native, previously worked at the Salt Lake Tribune and the Bulletin in Bend, Ore.